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Collections for a history of the family of Wharton, compiled by Edward Ross Wharton. The papers fall into two series: 'Collections', i.e. copies or abstracts of records of all kinds (with references to the record and notes), and 'History', i.e. annals, not a connected history in literary form: the first six volumes have each a list of contents, and the collection is the result of a vast amount of accurate and extended research by a person qualified to discriminate the worth of the documents.


  • Creation: 1890-1896


1.54 Linear metres (14 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Wharton 1, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Wharton 1-15

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13466


Wharton Manuscripts

Biographical / Historical

Edward Ross Wharton (1844-96), Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, was a philologer and genealogist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, nos. 32765-32779.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The volumes were deposited in the library by Mrs. Wharton from Jan. 1897 till July 8, 1898, and after her death presented by her executors on May 12, 1899, on condition that they should be kept separate as 'the Wharton MSS.' and that Cyril Leonard Wharton or Charles Courtenay Wharton, the compiler's nephews, should be allowed to borrow them (see papers pasted in the handlist of the MSS.).

Related Materials

See also the Collections by E.R. Wharton for a History of the Wharton Family, (Shelfmarks: MSS. Wharton 16-18).

The substance of MSS. Wharton 7-10 will be found in The Whartons of Wharton Hall, an essay by E. R. Wharton (Lond., 1898, 12°).


Edward Ross Wharton, The Whartons of Wharton Hall (London, 1898).
Wharton Manuscripts
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom